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Are Evangelicals Always Conservative?

Evangelicals are the most conservative group in America and are the founding backbone of the Tea Party. However, evangelicals have still impacted liberal policies and some have been supporters of leftist movements. How could this be?

Reagan, Tax Cuts, and GDP

Reagan, Tax Cuts, and GDP

In honor of the 100th anniversary of President Reagan’s birth this year, lets take a look at the effect of his tax cuts for the top marginal rate. When we looked at the course of the past 80 years as a set, it looks as if there isn’t a particularly clear correlation between top marginal tax rates and GDP growth.

Tax Rates and GDP Growth

Tax Rates and GDP Growth

Let’s see whether we can prove that higher taxes are bad for the economy by charting the top marginal tax rate versus the % growth in GDP for each year. If higher taxes stifle the economy, we should see an increase in growth each time we lower tax rates. And likewise, if the theory holds, we’ll see a drop in growth each time we increase the tax rate. Does that pan out?

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No Way Out: Private Prisons Or Conservative Sponsored Gulags?

Ever heard of private sector prisons? Up until a couple of years ago, I had always assumed that prisons were owned and operated by state and federal government. It was only while researching the Arizona death panels that I discovered the existence of privately run prisons.

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More on Jobs: The LA Times on Romney’s Record

Mitt Romney has a record on creating jobs. Unfortunately for him, it’s not a good one.

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Mitch McConnell: Hard At Work Putting Us Back Into Recession

It’s not that Republicans hate America, they just don’t give a damn about it.

The ‘Right’ Is Usually Wrong

The ‘Right’ Is Usually Wrong

There is a commonly held belief that we should be accepting of views from the left and the right wing, and assume that everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. We live, after all, in a country that embraces the concept of free speech. Therefore even people in the KKK have a right to say their piece, no matter how abhorrent their viewpoint might be.

Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann

The Madness Of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann

There are many people in this country who think that Michele Bachmann would make a good President, but it would seem that a majority of them are unfamiliar with some of the crazier things that she has said. Use this post to familiarize yourself with some of her most outrageous statements.

Why Is One Man’s Racism Another Man’s Comedy?

Why Is One Man’s Racism Another Man’s Comedy?

How is Bill Maher’s repeated reference to the President as ‘President Sanford and Son’ any different from Limbaugh’s depiction as such, using the Sanford and Son music as a backdrop to his criticism?

Destroying Republican Myths on the Debt Ceiling

Destroying Republican Myths on the Debt Ceiling

I’m beyond sick of Republicans on the debt ceiling. They claim to be the fiscally responsible ones, but earlier this year they voted to pass the Ryan Budget which would not only end Medicare, but would also add $5 Trillion to the national debt over the next 10 years. And now they’re perfectly comfortable with risking another economic catastrophe and recession just so they can keep tax breaks for a bunch of rich people.

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This Entire Debt Limit Discussion Is Outrageous!

From 2002-2009, Republicans in the House and Senate voted to raise the United States debt ceiling 7 times under George W. Bush, a Republican president. They raised the debt ceiling with no worries, no concern, no filibusters, no problems, no mentions of ‘children and grandchildren’, or any of this right-wing rhetoric we seem to hear spewed every day from the Republicans here in the year 2011.

Republicans Claim To Be The ‘Job Creators’ And That The Wealthy Already Pay Too Much

Republicans Claim To Be The ‘Job Creators’ And That The Wealthy Already Pay Too Much

This is very interesting considering they have not brought one single piece of legislation to the floor of Congress that will help “create jobs”, and they’ve denied every Democratic bill that has come before them. How do they plan on creating more jobs? With the same failed tax policies that have been diminishing our economy since they began 30 years ago?

Mitt Romney Can’t Find Someone Unemployed?

Mitt Romney Can’t Find Someone Unemployed?

Mitt Romney released a video with a man claiming he can’t find a job because of Obama. In the same video the man mentions that he does in fact have a job. The man in the video is Ryan King, the vice chairman of the Midland County Young Republicans. Apparently Romney couldn’t find an average American who is actually unemployed.

Who Do You Trust for News? – or ‘Popular News vs. Accurate News’

Who Do You Trust for News? – or ‘Popular News vs. Accurate News’

After Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper News of the World hacked into cell phones to eavesdrop on messages and Murdoch’s newspaper The Wall Street Journal omitting this news article, we are left to ask who can we turn to for accurate news reporting?

Are You Better Off Now Than You Were Two Years Ago?

Are You Better Off Now Than You Were Two Years Ago?

The Republican Party has drawn their line in the sand; they flatly refuse to raise taxes on the wealthy. Their argument is that higher taxes kills job creation. Proponents phrase this as, ‘lower taxes creates jobs’ and ‘we cannot tax the job creators’. This is a circular logic, which is not substantiated by evidence.

Is Obama A Muslim (And Does It Matter)?

Is Obama A Muslim (And Does It Matter)?

First of all I would like to say that no, it doesn’t matter. UNLESS you don’t care about the constitution. In Article VI of the Constitution it states ‘no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.’

What Impact (if any) Do Top Marginal Tax Rates Have On GDP Growth Rates?

What Impact (if any) Do Top Marginal Tax Rates Have On GDP Growth Rates?

Regardless of which inflation-adjusted measure we use, the answer is still the same: Overall, the past 80 years show us a thorough lack of clear correlation between the top marginal tax rate and GDP growth. The data’s closest hint of a relationship derives from the slightly more robust average GDP growth back when the top rates were higher, but that closest hint isn’t close enough to be sure of an ideal rate.

What Would a Republican/Tea Party Government Do Within 2 Years Of Governing?

What Would a Republican/Tea Party Government Do Within 2 Years Of Governing?

If the Republicans / Tea Party had control of every branch of Government they’ve already made it clear what they would do, based on the policies they champion.

Why Is Welfare Okay?

Why Is Welfare Okay?

We’ve all heard the stereotype, the octomoms of this world, milking the system taking those welfare checks, taking our hard earned tax dollars and living the high life while we all have to work for a living. The reality, for most people on welfare, is that life is extremely hard. It means living in a poor neighborhood, going without, buying the cheap food with food stamps, boredom, discrimination, depression, and often poor health. It isn’t some free ride, it isn’t easy street, it just plain sucks.

Which President Raised Deficits, Raised Debt Ceilings, Raised Taxes, Overspent, Talked with Enemies, and Gave Amnesty?

Which President Raised Deficits, Raised Debt Ceilings, Raised Taxes, Overspent, Talked with Enemies, and Gave Amnesty?

Which President Raised Deficits, Raised Debt Ceilings, Raised Taxes, Overspent, Talked with Enemies, and Gave Amnesty? President Ronald Reagan.